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Old 02-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #11 
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BD - how long have you kept cultures before they would crash? I have two cultures going right now (about to mate a pair) and one of my cultures is starting to smell putrid even though it's only been about a week or so.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:55 PM   #12 
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my cultures have never crashed when I started to keep them in containers that weren't letting any light in. Example, I used a butter-spread container which is made up of brown plastic. About once a month, or when I smell it before opening it, I drop in a small handful of oats and yeast, some water, mix it all up and let it sit. I have used tank water, tap water, and distilled water, none seem to matter.

If the smell still persists, I would just take a scoop of it and put it in fresh oats, yeast and clean warm water. As I said, maybe you should try different yeast, as I never had trouble getting microworms to crawl up. My current culture is only a few weeks old(just picked breeding back up) but my last culture was well over 3 years old and I never had to change the medium it was in, I only had to drop in the mix and water every so often and it lived on fine, supported over 3 fry tanks easily.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:25 PM   #13 
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Alright, just checked my cultures tonight and they are SWARMING with worms all of a sudden.

One last question: what's the best way to clean them prior to feeding the fry?
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:52 PM   #14 
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A little bit of tank water in a small cup/container.. scoop them out (new popsicle stick or q-tip works good) and swirl them in the water.. then pour the water into the tank, or use a turkey baster/syringe to distribute in the tank.

Some don't wash them at all.. it's up to you. I prefer washing though.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:17 AM   #15 
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If you use the paper towel method,you can just wipe the q-tip across the paper towel,or get them from the side of the container.
Then do like Myates said.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:08 AM   #16 
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I am part of that some who do not wash lol I merely scrape up the sides with my chopsticks(old chopsticks used for fish-related stuff now) and dip them in around the tank. I am VERY careful as to not touch the medium however.

I never tried washing before, will try to do it and see if it affects anything noticeable.
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